Browns get a 2020 seventh-round pick for Corey Coleman

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The Browns got next to nothing for 2016 first-round draft pick Corey Coleman.

Coleman has been traded to the Bills for just a 2020 seventh-round draft pick, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

That shows just how bad the entire league thinks Coleman is: If the Browns thought he had any hope of developing into anything close to a good receiver, they’d never trade him for a 2020 seventh-round pick. And if any other team thought Coleman was going to become a good receiver, someone would have offered more than the Bills did when the Browns started shopping Coleman around.

For the Browns, the good thing about this trade is that they get rid of Coleman’s contract: He has guaranteed salaries of $1.5 million this year and $2 million next year, and now those are the Bills’ responsibility, not the Browns’ responsibility. (The Bills will also have a decision to make next year on Coleman’s fifth-year option.)

If Coleman ever shows off his first-round talent on the field, Buffalo just got a steal. But he’s done nothing so far in his career to suggest he’s ever going to look like a first-round pick.

45 responses to “Browns get a 2020 seventh-round pick for Corey Coleman

  1. I don’t get it. They were paying him next to nothing. He wasn’t terrible, he was able to get on the field and catch the ball. There’s got to be more to this story.

  2. For a 2020 7th round pick? Brandon Beane is a genius! Even if Coleman doesn’t pan out, his salary is so cheap and the Bill’s could eat it with no cap issues. With his speed, maybe Coleman becomes a punt or kickoff returner.

  3. Letting this kid play through the preseason has to be more beneficial than getting a future 7th round pick… Also, with the amount of injuries in the league, they could have gotten much more value had they waited. But, Browns will brown.

  4. This is a great move by the Bills. If Coleman doesn’t work out they’ll only be out a 7th round pick, Which usually has about a 50% chance of making the roster as it is…

    But, If he does become part of the offense or ends up panning out as the 1st round draft pick he was destined to be, It would be an amazing deal for Buffalo.

    Either way, Low risk, High reward.

  5. I don’t get the bashing in this article. He spent much of his early career with injuries to his hand or wrist. You can’t succeed at WR with bad hands. When healthy, he’s shown he can play. I also think draft pedigree is overblown. The entire draft is a crap shoot and many of the best players ever are mid and late round picks. With the very reasonable rookie wage scale, no young player is priced out of a job anymore.

    I feel like Coleman is in a better spot to succeed now, so if he stays healthy, we’ll see if Buffalo got a steal or not. I think they probably did.

  6. I’ve never read about him being lazy or a head case, but there has to be something behind the scenes. Coleman has significantly more value than a 7th rounder.

  7. The Browns have been getting extra first and second round picks for a few years because of their awful record and because of trading down to avoid picking a franchise QB. When the rookie contracts of those players are up, they will need to let them walk and replace them with extra 7th round picks.

  8. He was going to be cut, Calloway, Higgins, Landry, Duke Johnson, are all balling out this pre season, Gordon will be back soon, Njoku is coming along though still has some dropsies.

    Might as well get something and get some salary off the books rather than cut him.

  9. If you’re the Browns, you’ve been terrible for years. Why not hold onto this guy and hope/pray/do a rain dance that he turns it around??? A 7th rounder??? I mean c’mon keep him for a year and if he doesn’t work out then cut him.

    I feel for browns fans

  10. Why would anyone question this move? It’s all about players being held accountable to their TEAMMATES for their attitude, work ethic and production. That’s been the problem all these years where players see other players getting away with crap. I’ll bet Dorsey and Haley (forget CEO Hue Jackson) asked the new leaders like Jarvis Landry and Tyrod Taylor if Coleman was following their directions.

  11. As Bill Powell said, he was going to get cut anyway and every team knew it. So the Browns didn’t have much bargaining power. Watch tape, he cost the Browns two wins last year, one was an easy catch for a TD and he dropped it against the Steelers. The real problem is they wasted a 1st round pick on a guy that is under 6 foot, thinking he will be the #1. They have tow other draft picks that are looking solid in Higgins and Calloway, plus Landry and Gordon, so they are set at WR. They don’t need someone with poor hands on the team costing them games.

  12. Timing and compensation are suspect. Smells like CC was a locker room cancer. I don’t want to slander (I don’t know) but this smells bad. He’s been injured but has played decently when on the field. He should have been worth more than that. Sound like Dorsey is sending a message.

  13. Like most Baylor products he was overrated coming out with serious character issues that hinder or completely stop development.

    If the Browns could have got more they would have…I’m sure they called every team in the league. This is on Coleman and his agent…

  14. I think the problem is, getting him on the field. like most undersized WRs he is injured a lot.

    canetic says:
    August 6, 2018 at 8:01 am
    I don’t get it. They were paying him next to nothing. He wasn’t terrible, he was able to get on the field and catch the ball. There’s got to be more to this story.

  15. Maybe this restarts his career. Coleman was horrible with the Browns. Other than 1 good quarter against the Ravens his rookie year the man was absolutely terrible. He suffers from hearing footsteps so he can’t go across the middle of the field. He refuses to fight with defensive backs when the ball is thrown up, and as he showed in the last game against Pittsburgh last year, even when he’s wide open it’s 50-50 at best if he can hold onto the ball.He has also been injured as much as he’s been healthy in his 2 years in the league. He clearly was not first round talent, but that’s what you get when you have an analytical salary cap guru making football decisions.

  16. Set aside a fluke hand injury of it getting stepped on, and he hasn’t had that bad of a record of health. Sure, any time off is bad for a team, but his proven talent when on the field is undeniable. What a joke of a mistake.

    Welcome to the north CC, you’re going to thrive here.

  17. Thr first Dorsey move I’ve disagreed with – it’s way too early to give up on a $1.5 M salary commitment to a WR with speed and who has been the best we’ve had.. Coleman gets 16 games with 5 QBs to prove himself but Hue marches on at 1-31? Coleman goes for 63 receptions and 900 yards this year with even average QB play.

  18. Shocker! Getting rid of someone who can’t stay on the field or out of trouble! This trade shows the best of the Browns and the best of the Bills and neither are very good!

  19. anyway and every team knew it. So the Browns didn’t have much bargaining power. Watch tape, he cost the Browns two wins last year, one was an easy catch for a TD and he dropped it against the Steelers. The real problem is they wasted a 1st round pick on a guy that is under 6 foot, thinking he will be the #1. They have tow other draft picks that are looking solid in Higgins and Calloway, plus Landry and Gordon, so they are set at WR. They don’t need someone with poor hands on the team costing them games.

    All the problems browns have had the last 2 years and you’re blaming him for 2 losses? Sorry but a dropped pass doesn’t lose a game. Every game had about 10 plays that win or lose a game. You don’t like him and that’s fine but a wr is t responsible for 2 loses on an 0-16 team. Hue Jackson has shown 0 ability to coach or make in game adjustments

  20. oscarxray says:
    August 6, 2018 at 8:57 am
    Why would anyone question this move? It’s all about players being held accountable to their TEAMMATES for their attitude, work ethic and production. That’s been the problem all these years where players see other players getting away with crap. I’ll bet Dorsey and Haley (forget CEO Hue Jackson) asked the new leaders like Jarvis Landry and Tyrod Taylor if Coleman was following their directions.
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    Where on Earth did you pull that assumption from? I understand being loyal to your team, but this is just delusional.

  21. He really is not good at football. Why keep him in camp, taking reps away from guys who will make the team? Browns seem to have adults running the franchise finally. For the Bills, I get them taking a shot on a bust. Their receiving talent is just about the weakest in the league.

  22. Dear Browns fans. YOU TRADED A RECENT! FIRST ROUND PICK FOR A 7th ROUND PICK 2 DRAFTS FROM NOW. He wasn’t going to be cut this week, or next. He would have been on the roster until final cut downs, stop fooling yourselves. You’re telling me you didn’t want to watch him for 4 pre-season games? Even if you did plan on cutting him, you could have inflated that 7th round pick just a little bit by getting some tape out there on him playing healthy. This is why you are a bad organization. Trust me, we’ve been one for almost 2 decades. This is how it’s turned around though. Bad teams make even worse decisions and some teams profit off of this. If Coleman makes the 53-man buffalo roster, they’ve already gotten more worth out of that 2020 7th round pick than Cleveland ever will. BTW, the Knock in Buffalo during Tyrods tenure was he had no one to throw to, sooooo, what’s the difference now?

  23. “…his proven talent when on the field is undeniable…” boy, what a crock that is. Aside from two different hand injuries, he also missed most of training camp last year because of hamstring issues. I saw the man DROP three TD passes last year. . .not to mention seal the Browns 0-16 season in the last game vs, the Steelers. The Browns had driven all the way down the field with one minute left in the game – and Coleman dropped a 4th down pass – a perfect pass that was right in his hands – on the 9 yard line. I wish him well in Buffalo, but let’s not lament his departure with nonsense.

  24. Bill Powell says:
    August 6, 2018 at 8:36 am
    He was going to be cut, Calloway, Higgins, Landry, Duke Johnson, are all balling out this pre season…

    Might as well get something and get some salary off the books rather than cut him.

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    I’d hit the brakes on concluding who’s “balling out” and who isn’t in that WR corps until the Browns play at least a single preseason game against another team’s defense.

    Also, Coleman’s salary was minimal, and the Browns have the most cap space in the NFL, so I don’t think they’re too concerned about clearing his salary. A 7th round draft pick two years from now is a pretty godawful return even if he hasn’t lived up to his draft pedigree.

  25. I guess if a team is willing to trade a draft pick to another team for a first round bust, it is evidence Dez Bryant is not playing this year.

  26. vecchiaio says:
    August 6, 2018 at 8:55 am
    Eternal optimism springs from that Great Lakes drinking water. Nothing like it!

    18 27 Rate this

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    Lol! Great comment!

    As a Buffalo fan, this is absolutely true, and funny.

  27. I guess if a team is willing to trade a draft pick to another team for a first round bust, it is evidence Dez Bryant is not playing this year.

    Not necessarily. Bills will be paying out a million plus this year and two plus million next year with this deal and if it works out they will have a player for a few years. If they were to sign Dez Bryant it would have cost a bundle and he only wanted a one year deal so IF (hasn’t had one in a few years) he has a good year he’d shop himself around and be gone.

  28. So, let’s get this straight Browns fans… You traded Coleman because he “cost you 2 wins” en route to an 0-16 season. He couldn’t stay healthy due to some bad luck. He is going to save them 1.5 mil in cap space, which will assuredly be tripled by Denz Bryant’s supposed signing. What in any of that sounds like rational decision making? Seriously. Like I said, he wasn’t getting cut ahead of the cut-down deadline. There was no reason to not let him ball out for 4 games with the scrubs, maybe push that 7th rounder into THIS draft at least? I can’t belive I’m saying this, but Cleveland fans need some humbling. It’ll come crashing down once Thursday hits and Tyrod goes 10-12 for 49 yards, 2 sacks and checks down or runs every down.

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